Tom Hardy shocks fans after turning up to the Royal with a freshly ...

He was one of the surprise celebrity guests at the star-studded Royal on Saturday.

And Tom Hardy grabbed all the attention for a different reason - with fans going wild over the actor's freshly shaven head. 

The esteemed actor, 40, looked barely recognisable with his bald head as he joined wife Charlotte Riley, 36, at the hotly anticipated nuptials.

New 'do: Tom Hardy shocked fans after turning up to the Royal Wedding with a freshly shaven head...as he prepares for his role as Al Capone in new biopic 

New 'do: Tom Hardy shocked fans after turning up to the Royal with a freshly shaven head...as he prepares for his role as Al Capone in new biopic 

Tom - who looked dapper in his midnight blue tails and waistcoat - showed off his shaved head, a necessity for his latest role as the notorious Al Capone in new film Fonzo.

It's not the first time the screen star has lost his locks for a role, having shaved his head for his turn as hulking antagonist Bane in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. 

Fans went into a frenzy after spotting the star with his bald head, taking to twitter to voice their shock at the shocking transformation.

Usual style: Fans went into a frenzy after spotting the star with his bald head, taking to twitter to voice their shock at the shocking transformation

Usual style: Fans went into a frenzy after spotting the star with his bald head, taking to twitter to voice their shock at the shocking transformation

Transformation: Tom usually rocks a full head of brunette locks and a substantial about of facial hair, but had to shed the tresses for his role as the notorious American gangster

Regular 'do: Tom looked worlds away from his usual style at the Royal Wedding - with his chocolate tresses and scruff completely missing

Transformation: Tom usually rocks a full head of brunette locks and a substantial about of facial hair, but had to shed the tresses for his role as the notorious American gangster

One startled fan wrote: 'Tom Hardy has just arrived at the royal and he's BALD. I have never felt so disrespected'. 

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